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LAURA BAÑOS PICÓN

Profesor Ayudante Doctor

Area of Zology

Dept. of Animal Biology, Parasitology, Ecology, Edaphology and Agronomic Chemistry

Faculty of Biology – USAL
 
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  Phone:(+34) 923294500 ext. 1847. Fax: (+34) 923294415
  E-mail: lbanos@usal.es Web: http://diarium.usal.es/lbanos

Education

  • B.S. (Biology) – University of Salamanca. 2004
  • Ph. D. (Biology) – University of Salamanca. 2011

Research Interests

Agroecology, Solitary bees and wasps, Natural enemies and beneficials, Landscape heterogeneity, Connectivity, Diversity indices, Functional diversity, Habitat management, Biological control, Behavioural ecology

Statement

I am broadly interested in the study of the effects of agricultural landscape characteristics on solitary bees and wasps and their natural enemies, as well as on the ecosystem services they provide (pollination, predation and natural biological control). We evaluate the nature of relationships between landscape and local variables of cropping areas, attending to community and population biological parameters like abundance, richness and diversity, offspring production, parasitism, mortality or parental investment. Nowadays, we are having a first contact with ecological infrastructure design and habitat management as methods to enhance beneficial insects. Additionally, I’m interested on different aspects of behavioural ecology in solitary wasps.

 

Selected Publications

Baños-Picón, L.; Torres, F., Tormos, J., Gayubo, S.F., y Asís, J.D. 2013. Comparison of two Mediterranean crop systems: Polycrop favours trap-nesting solitary bees over monocrop. Basic and Applied Ecology 14: 255–262.

Tormos, J., Asís, J., Sabater-Muñoz, B., Baños, L., Gayubo, S.F. y Beitia, F. 2012. Superparasitism in Laboratory rearing of Spalangia cameroni (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae), a parasitoid of medfly (Diptera: Tephritidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research 102: 51-61.

Asís, J.D., Baños-Picón, L., Tormos, J., Ballesteros, Y., Alonso, M. y Gayubo, S.F. 2011. Are solitary progressive-provisioning wasps optimal foragers? A study with the digger wasp Bembix merceti (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae).Behaviour, 148: 191-214. 

Tormos, J.; Asís, J.D.; Baños-Picón, L. y Gayubo, S.F. 2010. Description of the mature larvae of two species of Liris with notes on the immature stages of L. niger (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae). Florida Entomologist 93 (4): 510-515.

Baños-Picón, L., Asís, J.D., Gayubo, S.F. y Tormos, J. 2009. Analyzing insect community structure through the application of Taxonomic Distinctness measures. Zoological Studies, 48: 298-314. 

Baños-Picón, L., Gayubo, S. F., Asís, J.D., Tormos, J. y González, J.A. 2007. Diversidad de la comunidad de avispas Spheciformes de una zona agrícola abandonada del oeste español (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Ampulicidae, Sphecidae y Crabronidae). Nouvelle Revue d'Entomologie 23: 249-266.

 
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